Born in Norfolk in 1932, William, the son of M. Gustavius and Bessie Kern Goldback. Billy was a graduate of Maury High School (1940) and the University of Virginia (1944). He served in the United States Navy as a Supply Officer. He then joined Atlantic Electric, a family business which was started in 1898, and retired as its Chairman after 60 years of service. Billy was a lifetime member of Ohef Sholom Congregation. He served as a Director, Honorary Director and avid supporter of the Music Committee. He especially enjoyed music at the Temple in the Classical Reform tradition. For that reason he wished to perpetuate that music as part of Ohef Sholom. He faithfully attended services with many of his close friends. Billy loved to travel and to absorb the culture of the many places he visited. He enjoyed opera, symphony and the arts. He loved Corvettes. He especially enjoyed being with his many friends.
Billy generously supported many charitable organizations, including the Virginia Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, the Todi Music Festival, the Virginia Arts Festival, The Chrysler Museum, the Food Bank and Ohef Sholom Congregation. His other desires for his legacy were to encourage continued support for the performing arts in Norfolk and to support medical research, especially in diabetes with which he was affected.